What’s That Smell?

Daunte the Dog

I have this really cool dog. He’s a 70 pound English Bulldog/Shar-Pei. Kind of a wrinkly bulldog. We named him Daunte after Daunte Culpepper. He even has his own jersey.

A few years back my wife and I decided to take a few days, go to the lake and rent a cabin. We decided to take Daunte with us so he could get a change of scenery along with us. One morning we were all walking down by the water and since it was the first of the week there were not many people there. I didn’t want to have Daunte constantly pulling on the leash so I unclipped it from his harness and let him roam around on his own. He didn’t go too far and we were enjoying the morning.

Suddenly I hear my wife screaming “No, stop the dog!” I immediately wonder what’s wrong with my dog? What’s happening? I think there must be some kind of lake shark or crocodile trying to get him. Just as I turned around and see him running for all he’s worth I hear Brenda scream “It’s a dead fish!” I swear that dog leaped in the air, did a half somersault and landed on his back on this dead rotting fish. Before I knew it he had all four legs in the air as he rolled on top of that thing with the biggest smile on his face you had ever seen. When I got to him he stunk to high heaven. I took him by the collar and we walked into the lake. I figured I would wash him off with lake water. That only made things worse. We finally took him to one of the public showers shampooed him with some people shampoo and soap just to get him where you could stay in the same cabin with him.

Sin in our life does the same thing to us as that dead fish did to Daunte. It leaves a stink and a stain that won’t go away. We can be happy rolling in our sin for a season but ultimately that stink stays with us and won’t come off. We can wash with all kind of things to remove it. Good works or deeds, promises to others or to God. Even living right for a long period of time may erase most of the memory but the stain is still there. There is only one thing that will wipe it off and make us clean again and that is the blood of our Savior Jesus Christ.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 ESV

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:5b-6 ESV

You can be free of those stains and that smell today and be washed white as snow by repenting of your sins and surrendering your life to Jesus Christ. If you are like I was and don’t really know how to go about that just contact me through this blog or the contact page at the main site and I can help you get started toward living a life of freedom!

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